Microsoft already has a Remote Desktop app for Android devices. Recently, they have released a beta version of Remote Desktop app with all new UI, improved management of user accounts, ability to connect to multiple sessions and more.
Experience the new user interface design
When you launch the Beta app, you will notice a fresh new look and feel.
- Connection center – The connection center is the starting point of the app and allows you to easily find and manage the desktops that you want to connect to.
- Tap the Add button (+) to add a new desktop
- Tap on a desktop tile to connect to it
- Tap the overflow icon on each tile to shows you options to edit or delete the settings for an individual desktop
- Tap the resume icon (to the left of +) to return to your last active connectio
- Navigation drawer – The navigation drawer, is where you can manage global settings that can be applied across all desktops. Go here to
- Turn off desktop previews in the connection center
- Manage your user accounts
Improved management of user accounts
With 8.1.0, you can now manage user accounts easily with the ability to save a user account once, and use this saved user account across multiple desktop connections. You can add a new user account by going to the navigation drawer and selecting ‘User accounts’. You can also add a new user account or choose a previously saved user account while adding a new desktop connection.
Connect to multiple sessions
With this new beta app, you can connect to multiple desktops simultaneously and switch between them easily using the session switching functionality.
- Tap on the connection bar (at the top) to open the side menus. Switch between active connections by tapping on the active desktops on the left.
- Start new connections without returning to the connection center by tapping the “Start New” button and selecting from the list of desktops that appear.
- Return to the connection center without disconnecting your sessions by tapping the “Home” button
- Switch from mouse pointer to touch mode input by toggling the “Mouse Pointer” / “Touch” button
In addition to the changes above, the Beta app continues to support the following functionality within desktop connections that the release app supports:
- Rich multi-touch experience supporting Windows gestures as well as a mouse pointer mode
- Seamless audio and video streaming
- An extended keyboard with access to Fn keys and Windows shortcuts
- Android device local storage redirection
You Beta app today from Google Play